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Anesthesia Department

Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia refers to a controlled, near-zero-sensation state of the human body that is required for surgical / medical purposes. The branch of Anaesthesia relies on multiple pillars / purpose-driven procedures - Paralysis (Relaxation of the body muscles), Analgesia (pain prevention procedure), Amnesia (memory removal), and / or unconsciousness. ‘Anaesthetized’ refers to the state of being under an anaesthetic drug. Anaesthesia helps a number of painless surgeries, and medical procedures that may otherwise cause enormous pain and suffering to the patient. In certain cases, a surgery without anaesthesia may even be technically impossible.

About Anaesthesia

There are several different types of anaesthesia which are applied for different purposes and procedures. For example, for the purpose of any dental treatment like tooth extractions or root canals, dental anaesthesia is used on the patient.

Anaesthesia can be further subdivided into three broad buckets:

  • General anaesthesia: This method of anaesthesia aides to suppress the central nervous system, its activities, and helps the patient attain an absolute state of unconsciousness and zero stimulus to sensation. Loss in consciousness under this type of anaesthesia can be achieved with either intravenous agents and / or inhalation agents.
  • Sedation: This procedure majorly aims to prohibit anxiety and the development of long-term memories; this doesn’t necessarily involve driving unconsciousness in the patient.
  • Regional and local anaesthesia: This method is used to hinder transmission of neurotic impulses from targeted organs of the body. Depending on the treatment plan being followed and medical procedures involved, this method can either be used independently or in conjunction with general anaesthesia and / or a sedative. In this process, the peripheral nerves are targeted through the drugs to anaesthetize a part of the human body that is isolated, such as numbing organs during dental work, or developing a nerve blockage to facilitate muscle surgeries. As an extension / alternate of the procedure, spinal, epidural anaesthesia or a blend of both the techniques may be performed along the CNS, which will aim to suppress sensations coming from the nerves.

Depending on the medical / surgical procedure being employed, a doctor / clinician may choose either or a combination of drugs to achieve the category and intensity of anaesthesia required. The various types of drugs considered for any of the above anaesthetic procedures include - analgesics, general anaesthetics, narcotics, local anaesthetics, neuromuscular-blocking drugs, hypnotics, and / or sedatives.

Risks / Complications associated with Anaesthesia:

The complications associated are often impossible to segregate from the factors which aroused the need for anaesthesia in the first place, but broadly, however, they can be classified into three buckets:

  • Patient Health: This has the greatest impact amongst all three. Risks include - pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and death. Minor risks may persist such as - readmission, vomiting and continued nausea.
  • Procedure oriented complications / stress
  • Anaesthetic Technique

Services:

An integral support function for all specialties, the Department of Anaesthesiology provides inter-disciplinary medical care based on applications of Anaesthesia in surgery, diagnostics, and critical care by utilizing an optimal, evidence-based approach. From providing patient-centred perioperative clinical services in surgery, to the induction of Anaesthesia for diagnostic procedures, to rendering quality care to the critically ill, the ALS/BLS trained team of Anaesthesiologists, with the help of high-tech clinical support, extends expert services to all specialities at all times, efficiently.

Aster Hospitals includes a full-fledged team of Anaesthetists who also support the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and provide necessary Critical Care support to the Emergency Department. The team of Anaesthetists will evaluate and check you before a procedure to assess your health condition and provide necessary counselling, and also tell you about preoperative measures and post-operative care. At Aster Hospitals, we believe that patients and their families should have access to high-quality healthcare at a centre that they trust.

The Anaesthesiology department provides the following services:

  • Perioperative care for major and minor surgical procedures
  • Postoperative pain management
  • Sedation for minor surgical procedures
  • Ultrasound guided nerve blocks
  • Emergency, Trauma care and ICU Management
  • Administration of anaesthesia in all subspecialties
  • Anaesthesia for Painless Delivery (Epidural analgesia)
  • Preoperative medical evaluations
  • Paediatric Anaesthesia
  • Anaesthesia for Radiology, Endoscopy and Dentistry outside the OT.

Why choose Aster Hospitals?

We live in a world where falling sick isn’t rare, but it’s horrifying that a major fraction of our population is devoid of quality healthcare. It’s a change worthy intersection of demand and provision when it comes to accurate diagnostics and better healthcare for patients and thus, Aster Hospitals’ healthcare infrastructure and expert panel of doctors, clinicians, and technicians, ensure that every patient is given undivided attention as we know that a successful treatment regime thrives on candid interactions. With a treatment philosophy that’s driven on a fine blend of science and expertise, research and study, care and commitment, we are dedicated to making the world a happier, healthier place. A part of the same philosophy, our Anaesthesia division houses some of the best anaesthetic doctors in the country, an impressive record replete with laurels and thousands of happy patients and counting. Aster Hospitals is constantly seeking new opportunities to set bigger yardsticks with advanced progress. Present in over 9 countries, Aster Hospitals is probably one of the world's most rapidly growing healthcare chains. Offering a wide range of healthcare services, Aster Hospitals boasts a diverse team of highly-skilled healthcare professionals and medical infrastructure capable of end-to-end disease detection and cure. Headquartered in Dubai, the Aster family now encompasses 17,600+ employees, 2296 doctors with several JCI accredited Hospitals, clinics and Diagnostic Centres. Each of the Group’s verticals is a symbol of distinction, driven by a commitment to build a healthier tomorrow and to take healthcare to the next level of excellence.